Creative crowds at Norwich Messy Cathedral
Hundreds of children and their families descended on Norwich Cathedral last Saturday for the first ever Messy Cathedral event in Norfolk.
Over 400 people packed out the cloister to enjoy a range of craft activities provided by the team from the Diocesan Children's Task Force and Norwich Cathedral.
An army of 50 volunteers formed the catering team, led craft activities and the band and help direct people on the door.
Messy cathedral is just like Messy Church - only bigger!
Messy Church started with just one church's attempt to be a church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians but who struggle with traditional Sunday morning church services.
The aim of the day was to show that Messy Church can work on any scale and give children and families an opportunity to come together in a magnificent building like the Cathedral to share in the essence of Messy Church which is ‘creativity, worship and eating together’.
Activities around the cloister included window-making, potato prints, sheep making - a reminder that we are all part of Jesus' flock - lego, handbells and bead threading.
There were parachute games on the grass along with a sandpit, toy kitchen and playdoh which the younger children enjoyed.
There was a specially designed prayer space to explore inside and the Norwich Christian Resource Centre were on hand to promote Messy Church materials. Several children’s workers came along for the day who wanted to see how Messy Church works and glean some ideas for their own churches.
Picnic bags were distributed by the catering team from Holy Trinity Church and families spilled out into the cloister to enjoy their lunch in the sun.
People then gathered in the nave to enjoy worship led by the Messy Cathedral band, and stories and songs from Kevin Baldwin from Crowns Trust and Irene Nicholson from Open the Book.
The organising team have already had several requests to run the event again and they are already planning their next children's festival.